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Fix Poll: The worst campaign of 2009?

With Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell (R) far out in front in the Fixista poll for best campaign of the year, we thought we would offer our loyal followers a chance to vote on the opposite side of the coin: the worst campaign of 2009.

Starting Monday we'll be rolling out our winners/losers so stay tuned.

In addition to voting in the poll below, make sure to offer your nomination for what we should call our awards -- current frontrunner "The Golden Fixes" -- in the comments section. If we wind up using it, you will get a free official Fix t-shirt.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2009; 5:15 PM ET
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Nice try nodeb but if Chris C had any idea what trolling was we wouldn't be having this discussion in the first place. I don't think he acknowledges any offense but name-calling, I've never seen him mention or react to anything else. No matter how obvious the baiting, no matter how offensive the troll, no matter how many smilies and teener acronyms, the trolls get a pass.

37th/zero posted the same screed, and in his alter ego posted something about Angelina Jolie, in every active thread.

Squealing for attention gets a pass too.

Good call on "obsequious," that is exactly the right word.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 12, 2009 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

37thand0street Gitmo comment is off topic, cut-and-past, and repeated on multiple threads. That's not a discussion. That's trolling.

Posted by: nodebris | December 12, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

First of all you needn't worry, that site is a nutbar tinfoil site and the report is almost certainly nothing more than more right-wing hysteria.

But even if it's true, what's your concern? Do you think our prison systems can't hold "terrorists?" Do you think they have magical powers? They can walk through walls?

Calm down.

Or are you going to raise some ridiculous "ACLU" screed and, with much eye-rolling and spit-spraying, talk about them being relieased into the US on some "technicality?"

That isn't how things work.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 11, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Did Obama just order a final decision on whether to move the terrorist from Gitmo to Illinois ???

Again, without the White House making the announcement?


Again, with Obama being out of the country???

What is going on here - Obama doesn't want to own this policy ?

http://biggovernment.com/2009/12/11/exclusive-leaked-justice-department-memo-terrorists-to-be-moved-to-camp-gitmo-illinois/

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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 11, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you should have two awards. The bad one gets the Golden Fleece.

Really, this is all so silly, so just call the award the Cillies.

Posted by: MikeK3 | December 11, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, I am not now, nor have I ever been, posting as "37thand0street" or any other cross-street(s).

Posted by: JakeD | December 11, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

if you're living in America you should speak English,

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And if you're a primate you should walk on all fours too.

I am so happy to see the discomfiture of people like you, I just love going to Safeway and seeing food packaging labeled in Spanish, makes me proud. ¡Sabor esplosivo! goldfish crackers, con jalapeño y queso. No te gusta? Comes caca.

Fewer than half my friends grew up speaking English. In the neighborhood where I shop for groceries and jewelry you can go all day without hearing English. Tôi thích nghẹ các tiếng khác.

Multilingualism is personally and culturally enriching. Don't like it? Move to Tex.. uh, Omaha.

Or Salt Lake.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 11, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The Fix We Can Do Without

Posted by: ILDem | December 11, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Bill Thompson would have won if he ran on even one issue- but ran instead on "8 is enough"- despite how the Dem primaries went, sometimes rhetoric is not enough. If the left runs on the issues, we win- running against the repugs with their rules and their game is beneath us, ineffective and makes us look disingenuous.

Posted by: NYClefty | December 11, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Buenos dias, awake.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 11, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

werefinallyawake is a joke.
This country is Right/Centrist. Get over it.

As for your comment:
(the election of non-taxing, non-spending, returning to your conservative roots, non-politically correct, I'm marching to the polls and tossing you out on your ears because I'm sick of you taking my money!)

You are contradicting yourself.
- When Republicans were in power they spent and lowered taxes.
- The Democrats are now in power and they are spending without raising taxes.
- Neither can balance their checkbook or be responsible with our money.

Grow up America; pay more taxes and get rid of any politician who wants to increase or maintain the National Debt.

Non-taxing/non-spending? - I haven't seen one politician currently in power that fits that bill.

Non-politically correct? - As "Liberals" say; don't mess with my freedom of speech. Call it like it is and shove it.

Posted by: cgteddy911 | December 11, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Annual award title:

"The Annual American's are Awake and Not taking it anymore!" Award

(ok, so it's a mouthful...but so what? With all the crap the Politicians are shoving my way...I've got a mouthful to get rid of!)

(the election of non-taxing, non-spending, returning to your conservative roots, non-politically correct, I'm marching to the polls and tossing you out on your ears because I'm sick of you taking my money!)

PS Since since I'm not politically correct, I'd like to wish everyone non-recycling, use to much wrapping paper and tape, turn the furnace up to stay warm, don't sneeze on your shirt (HHS Secretary!), Nancy Pelosi is about to get taxed for her botox, if you're living in America you should speak English, don't give illegal aliens health-care, Merry Christmas!

Posted by: werefinallyawake | December 11, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The Deeds general election campaign reminded me of the losing Moran campaign. Deeds slipped by while he focused on McAuliffe. I think Terry might have been the only one of the three with a chance to win it. Losing NoVa to a downstate candidate should earn him an honorable mention for these awards (perhaps separate categories for primary and general?)

I think Corzine ran a very good campaign in that a deeply unpopular incumbent nearly won reelection. A nasty campaign, but an effective one.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 11, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Hey look! Here is a campaign Joe Abbey can win!

Posted by: hackeynut | December 11, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

How can we give the worst campaign to anyone except for Dede Scozzafava? Running as a Republican in a district that hasn't gone Democrat for forever and ran so badly that she ended up dropping from the race and endorsing the Democrat! Hoffman beat her from the right & Owens beat her from the left, and she couldn't find a way to market herself as the centrist voice of reason and her 2 opponents as extreme. She couldn't even raise enough money to compete in the race! My award for worst race ran goes to Dede Scozzafava.

Posted by: reason5 | December 11, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I have a couple of ideas on the names of the awards:

For winning campaigns:
The Golden Cillizza or
The Golden Chris'

For losing campaigns:
The Dirty Deeds or
The Golden Joementum No-mentum Award or
Blame it on the Consultants

Posted by: notjoeabbey | December 11, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Bloomberg spent the most and won by the least.. how can you get worse than that?

Posted by: tru-indy | December 11, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

While Deeds obviously made mistakes, Corzine must have run a horrible campaign -- to lose as a Dem incumbent in NJ, a heavily Democratic state Obama won by about 16 points, is inexecusable. My nomination for the awards -- "The Fix is In"

Posted by: Varadicalcentrist | December 11, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I voted for Deeds. Possible award name: "Fixated on Grad School" or "Hooked on a Thesis"

Posted by: johnnylomp | December 11, 2009 3:29 AM | Report abuse

Moran was trading on a narrow appeal in the peoples republic of the north and his brothers connections. He never ran statewide. Mcawful also thought he could skip in on connections. Deeds came within a couple hundred votes of beating him last time and was the clear dem favorite. It may not be too fair to blame the voters' misgivings for all things democrat on this candidate and others but that is the consequence of winning elections and then failing completely to lead or fulfill all those promises. You better get used to it libs. Your history of electoral defeat is going to repeat itself like a xerox machine stuck in on.

It will not be accurate to blame any particular campaign, then as now. Simply blame the failed ideas that constitute the left in modern times.

Posted by: snowbama | December 11, 2009 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Worst campaign: drivl desperately trying to appear sane and remain on topic. She won't last.

Runner up. Cf8 trying not to get banned again for utter contempt of intelligence

it's a nice change to see Cilizza in the comments. But having the regent among us commoners has it's perils.

Posted by: snowbama | December 11, 2009 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Deeds was so FAIL. It was like, he coulda been a contender-- what happened?

Posted by: drindl | December 10, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

bb: "I think that Deeds was swimming uphill. He probably would have lost anyway,"

I disagree. I think Moran, or a real candidate of some sort, might have been able to take it. I'm deeply disappointed in Deeds.

Posted by: nodebris | December 10, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

BB: "The award reminds me of a great series of debates they have in Washington. C-SPAN airs them."

My brother-in-law gave me an unsolicited subscription to Newsweek, and they print this series of debates. Interesting. Almost makes up for printing G. Will.

Posted by: nodebris | December 10, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

RULING: Unjustifiably off topic

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


You go, Chris. Thanks.

Posted by: nodebris | December 10, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I was in Washington the weekend before the elections, and the airwaves were full of fantastic McDonnell advertisements. His campaign committee and the national committees for the RNC must have spent a fortune on them.
I did not see one Deeds advertisement in three days of spotty TV watching. His campaign must have rejected suggestions and money from the national and senate campaign committees. Did his campaign have money problems? I recall hearing that his campaign was given national money but you sure didn't see it when it mattered -- on the air in Northern Virginia the weekend before people voted. It was the most passive campaign I've ever seen.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 10, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

The award reminds me of a great series of debates they have in Washington. C-SPAN airs them. Some question of the day is given (climate change, bailout, etc.) and two teams are chosen to make their respective cases. The audience is polled before the debate and afterwards. Whichever team moves the largest percentage of the audience wins. They're Oxford style debates and thoroughly entertaining.

I think that Deeds was swimming uphill. He probably would have lost anyway, but he ran a bad campaign and got blown out. Took down a couple of decent down ticket candidates with him. Bloomberg should have been a shoo-in, but was nearly knocked off. As drindl will tell you, I can be a bit contrarian at times.

Hope to make the next trivia contest. We've won the Fadó quiz a few times.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 10, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Is it clear to you yet who is destroying the ability of sane people to have a conversation here?

Posted by: drindl | December 10, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

When you ask whether Bloomberg ' blew it', you are ignoring all sorts of stuff in NYC -- like how people felt about his bullying way of running again.

Deeds just ran a god-awful campaign, but what Bloomberg did is a matter of arrogance that offended a lot of people.

Posted by: drindl | December 10, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

The worst campaign was the health care campaign - because the country does not want it - and it wasted countless days and months in Washington this year.


Obama is only motivated by his egotistical desire to make history.

Instead, Obama ignored the economy - he ignored JOBS for Americans - all this time of Congress and the administration was sent OFF IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

Not for nothing, Congress did give Obama 700 BILLION DOLLARS FOR JOBS - AND THAT IS A DISASTER TOO.

THIS IS WHAT ONE GETS WHEN SOMEONE WITH NO ECONOMIC OR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IS ELECTED.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"Why are we talking about William Ayers again? This is a post on the worst campaign of 2009.

RULING: Unjustifiably off topic

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza "


Thank you, thank you, Chris. See how hard it is for those of who want to keep the conversation on some sane and relevant level?

Posted by: drindl | December 10, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Deeds, hands-down. He failed to articulate what he would do as governor, neglected to campaign in NoVA until it was too late, and his only message seemed to be "McDonnell hates women."

Posted by: ericp331 | December 10, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

The worst campaign of 2009 ?


Obama ran the worst campaign of 2009 - the number one priority in an economic crisis is JOBS.


AND what did Obama do ?? Congress gave him 700 BILLION DOLLARS to create JOBS -


Instead of keeping an eye on the economy and making sure that those 700 BILLION DOLLARS WERE SPENT CORRECTLY, Obama was off doing other things.


First, he is pre-occupied with jamming a health care plan down the throats of the country - a plan that the country does not want.


Second - he saw fit to spend months and months having meeting after meeting on Afghanistan - and what did he come up with in the end?

Pretty much the same thing the Generals recommended in June - If Obama knew what he was doing, he could have signed off on the plan in June.


Instead, Obama has WASTED THIS WHOLE YEAR - perhaps because he had no experience to begin with -


Obama has ALLOWED THE 700 BILLION DOLLARS TO GO SPENT IN ALL SORTS OF DIRECTIONS - PRACTICALLY UNACCOUNTABLE.


THE WEBSITE THEY SET UP TO ACCOUNT FOR THE 700 BILLION IS SO FULL OF ERRORS THAT THEY ANNOUNCED THEY WEREN'T EVEN GOING TO TRY TO FIX IT.

OBAMA SHOULD HAVE BEEN WORKING ON JOBS THE WHOLE YEAR THROUGH.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Fairlington,

Thanks...but Bloomberg didn't blow it! Does close count in politics?

Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | December 10, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

"...so tears run to a predestined end." And that end? Endless references to Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright, long form birth certificates, and whitey tapes.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 10, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, CC, glad to see you in the comments section.

Deeds was an easy choice and I considered him. Still, it's hard to beat a popular, sitting mayor of NYC nearly blowing it. So, my vote goes to Bloomberg.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 10, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

There is no and never has been any question of anyone "deserving" a trial.

The fact of being accused of a crime is justification for trial in and of itself.

That's our law.

That's what troops are defending.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Well - it is a good point - that these men chose to take up arms against the United States - take up arms against the Constitution - act to join a conspiracy to kill US troops abroad who are fighting for that Constitution.

I said we should give them a trial.


However the point is - they do not deserve a trial - they are seeking to take up arms against the very Constitution which you would like to protect them with.


These terrorists are not interested in giving CIVILIANS a trial.

It's about time that someone starts to consider if all this adherence to procedure is going to hamper our ability to fight the terrorists in the field.

Our forces abroad can't waste time gathering enough evidence -


OR gathering DOUBLE evidence because some intelligence office is going to say they do not want certain evidence presented in open court.


At some point, all these procedures are going to hinder our ability to be effective in the field.


It would be nice to think we have infinite time and infinite resources to do all of this in the field, but we do not.


It's bad enough we send our 18 year old over there to fight - now you want to task them with gathering enough evidence for a trial TOO ??


Are you serious ???


This is the problem with having a President with so little experience, one gets the feeling that he has ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cillizza as long as you're here could you please respond to my question to you on the previous thread? I regard it as important and so should you.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

@37:

"The way you walked was thorny, through no fault of your own, but as the rain enters the soil, the river enters the sea, so tears run to a predestined end. Your suffering is over, [37 the Troll]. Now you will find peace."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 10, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Why are we talking about William Ayers again? This is a post on the worst campaign of 2009.

RULING: Unjustifiably off topic

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | December 10, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Read the story of William Ayers' trial yourself -

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I remember it.

Ayers didn't go to a war zone and shoot at American troops.

And if those five men took a few seconds to renounce their US citizenship, do you realize that by that simple declaration you no longer have any ground to call them "terrorists?"

Sorry Jake but the election is over, we're done talking about Ayers and Wright. If you want to remain paralyzed by past events that didn't go your way (Palin/McCain lost), count me out.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers


The point being made is that Obama wants to have trials for the 9/11 terrorists - which runs the risk of some or all of them getting off on a technicality.


Then someone on the board claimed there was no way a terrorist could get off on a technicality.


Then I brought up the case of William Ayers - who did get off on a technicality - and who later became Obama's friend.


The question of Obama's relationship with Ayers has to do with Obama's judgement - and what it tells us about Obama that he wishes to personally associate with these people - one has to wonder how many views the two share.


Same goes for Rev. Wright and Obama - Obama goes to the church for years - gives the church $20,000 one year - brings his children to the church for years -


One has to wonder how many views Obama shares with Rev. Wright - especially in the light of Obama's statements after it came out - and in the light of Obama's Philadelphia speech which was filled with references to Black Liberation Theology.


You don't go to a church for years and not know what the church stands for.


Many many people in Chicago who only went to that church once knew what it stood for - it was no secret.


The question still remains - WHY RISK LETTING THE TERRORISTS OFF ON A TECHNICALITY ???


Obama must know his friend William Ayers got off on a technicality - and he is running free today, preaching whatever he is talking about.


One other thing - William Ayers' associates were involved in the Brinks truck robbery in Nyack, NY - in which there was a killing - W


William Ayers knew those convicted of that crime so well that William Ayers took care of their children while they were in prism - Obama must have known those children since he knew Ayers.


It's just a little bit too much association with the weather underground terrorist group - and now we see that Obama, with this trial idea, might be soft on terrorists.


YES SOFT ON TERRORISTS.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Could we get more off topic than whether to shoot American citizens without trial based on the word of a foreign power? That's not just off topic, it's a manifestly stupid topic.

Posted by: nodebris | December 10, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I like "The Cillizzas," because I look forward to hearing it amusingly mangled by talking heads as your blog starts to ascend into fame and fortune.

Posted by: nodebris | December 10, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite

Read the story of William Ayers' trial yourself -

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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Creigh (Mis) Deeds for sure. No competition.

When you need the black vote and Northern Virginia vote to win the governorship and start out by alienating Doug Wilder and Sheila Johnson, and then double-down on insanity by wasting all your time talking gun rights to "real Amuurricans" in rural Virginia, you clearly have run the worse campaign of the year. Kaine could have won this in his sleep but was term limited and couldn't run for reelection.

Runner-up: Audra Shay, the 38-year-old president of the Young Republicans. Yes, she won the "presidency" but it was because her followers (allegedly) believe the country is being taken over by "[ra]ccoons." An empty victory, IMO.
________

And we know some are disappointed in snowmelt for falling short in his effort to win induction into the Troll Hall of Fame.

Honorable mention: Fix favorite Chip (Barack the Magic N_gro CD) Salsman for his unsuccessful campaign to be RNC head.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 10, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't know much about Bill Ayers' trial, but Obama was born in 1961 and Ayers did his bombing in the early 70s. I don't think a teenager in Hawaii has much influence in the judicial system...

...unless you were applying the time-travel stuff from Terminator, in which case I guess Obama MIGHT have gotten Ayers off.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 10, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to call you an idiot, but you are.

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I don't want to call you an idiot either, but the way you post I don't really need to.

Execution without trial goes against everything this nation believes in, you may as well be shooting at the troops yourself.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah not being guilty of a crime is a really annoying technicality to you bozos, isn't it.

"Maybe that is Obama's plan all along."

Don't you have a teabag party to go to about now?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite

I don't want to call you an idiot, but you are. William Ayers - Obama's good friend - got off on a technicality.

And enough from you already.

Maybe that is Obama's plan all along.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

People who believe The Terrorists are going to "get off on a technicality" are no "reasonable people," they are paranoid hysterics.

If you want to debate you need to start by agreeing on terms.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Buchanan was the worst President.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite


This is a really easy solution, since you are so hung up on having trials - simply apply the death penalty before the trial - sort of eliminates the concerns of reasonable people that the terrorists will get off on a technicality.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Bush already got the only prize he's ever going to get, the judgment of history as the worst president we ever had.

I would support his getting another award though, a nice war crimes tribunal in a foreign country.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Would it be nice to apply the death penalty before the trial ??? Yes.

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That's not how things work in civilized countries, savage

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

OK the Five Men from Northern Virginia who were captured in Pakistan seeking to traing to fight US forces.

I guess we should clarify.


Do they deserve a trial - NO, but give them one anyway. They are US citizens.


Is it TREASON ??? YES.


Should Obama, through his lacky Holder, seek the death penalty ????


YES


Would it be nice to apply the death penalty before the trial ??? Yes.

These people were plotting to kill US troops - were they thinking that they should give our troops a trial ??

The point of the question remains: How tough is Obama going to be on this domestic terrorism ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Well now we know who 37th and Zero is.

Thought so.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I would suppose that had George W. Bush been given the Nobel Peace Prize - AND then had ordered an escalation of a war - AND then had spent half his "peace" speech talking about WAR -


If that had been the case, the media would have been screaming.....


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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on Deeds (from what I've read, I no longer live in VA) ... where McDonnell had the good sense to shy away from Palin and the kiss of death of her endorsement, Deeds made the mistake of distancing himself from Obama. That was a serious miscalculation.

And unless McDonnell continues to run stealth from his social conservative views, which is all but inconceivable, it'll be bad for the state. McDonnell will be against spending taxpayer money on things that matter and will be predisposed to waste time on pelvic issues. Gays, god, and guns.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Creigh Deeds ran the worst campaign of 2009. He actually had a chance of winning. But then he ostracized Obama voters and tried to appeal to people who were going to vote Republican anyway.

Posted by: fable104 | December 10, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, first you would have to determine that they were guilty, I know that is a foreign concept to you but our nation was founded on the rule of law

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I' sure that if he had been born when John Demjanjuk was extradicted for WWII concentration camp war crimes our friend at Zero Street was demanding that he be sent to Europe for trial as hastily as he now wants the five Muslim-Americans shot without trial.

Don't you think?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The Five men missing from Northern Virginia have been found in Pakistan - seeking to train to attack US armed forces.


HHHMMMM.........

TREASON !!!

Will Obama have the guts to shoot them ???

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Don't you think that's a matter for the Justice Department?

Do you really expect the president of the USA to personally perform executions? Like Saddam Hussein or some tribal warlord?

Bit sketchy on the whole "how the world works" thing, I see.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

"Will Obama have the guts to shoot them ???
Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 7:17 PM | "
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Well, first you would have to determine that they were guilty, I know that is a foreign concept to you but our nation was founded on the rule of law, but, here's a tidbit for ya: within the first 8 months of Obama's Presidency OVER HALF of the most dangerous terrorists on the CIA's most-wanted list were killed as a direct result of a presidential order to fire.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

How about "The Fickle Fix of Fate" award?

Posted by: douglaslbarber | December 10, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Chris - the obvious answer he is The Charlies

Posted by: DERN | December 10, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The Five men missing from Northern Virginia have been found in Pakistan - seeking to train to attack US armed forces.


HHHMMMM.........

TREASON !!!

Will Obama have the guts to shoot them ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 10, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with limiting the submissions to candidates who lost -- did anyone observing NJ Gov, e.g., think Christie's campaign was better run than Corzine's?

Posted by: jeff_hauser95 | December 10, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

ddawd-- it needs to be 'the Fixies.'

1] Branding. It incorporates the name of the blog.

2] It picks up the theme of the blog -- a 'fix' for political junkies.

3] 'fix' also has connotations of 'the fix is in'-- as in fixed contests.

Perfect!

Posted by: drindl | December 10, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Doug Hoffman seems a glaring omission (deliberate?) ... he ran as a cookie-cutter candidate, not identified to voters personally but identified as the spokesman for a canned ideology, and an unelectable one.

Excerpts from his speeches showed a man with no ability in front of a microphone, pauses long enough for bathroom breaks, and nothing to distinguish him from the people promoting him.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm assuming Deeds and Hoffman are on there. For some reason, the poll isn't showing up.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 10, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

How about The Fizzles? (combination of Fix and Razzies with an L to make it an apt word)

I'd vote for Deeds slightly over Hoffman simply because Deeds' was on a larger scale and the fact that he probably could have won if he had just played ABC politics.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 10, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse


You really think KBH has a chance against The Hair, CC?

Posted by: drindl | December 10, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Chris here -- I think 'Fixies' strikes just the right note. It evokes the fizzy and capricious nature of American politics.

Posted by: drindl | December 10, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Good point on Gavin Newsom...although that campaign was over before it ever really started right? As for KBH, let's wait and see whether she wins on march 2, 2010 before writing her campaign's political obituary.

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | December 10, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

wp11234 -- indeed, wtf? That endorsement from Bill Clinton -- was it like the kiss the Godfather gives you?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 10, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, yes, Creigh Deeds did not seem to be on board with the idea of winning.

I object to Scozzafava being on this list. She ran her campaign the way candidates have run campaigns right up until 2008. She served time in the ranks of her state party, raised money, paid attention to her constituency's interests and worked her local ties. She cannot be blamed for the strange phenom of Club for Growth and other conservative outsiders seizing upon that little special election and attempting to stampede the electorate with a candidate who knew nothing about local issues and did not even live in the district.

Scozzafava didn't stand a chance once that started. Of course I'm awfully proud of her for throwing her votes to someone who would represent the District, not a bunch of well-heeled outsiders.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 10, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Le Prix Fix

Polls like this are a waste of time. People are going to vote by affiliataion with no actual regard for the campaign. Palinites who hate Scozzafava are going to choose her without knowing anything more than that they've been told she's a "RINO" and that green teeth was a real conservative.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 10, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The Fixies could be good...

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | December 10, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Your six nominees are probably all worthy, but I doubt that many can approach Kay Bailey Hutchinson's run for Governor of Texas (still a Goof in progress). Her latest gambit is claiming she cannot resign her Senate seat until after she has (personally) seen to the defeat of any health care reform AND defeat of cap-and-trade proposals. She must remain at her Potomac Post in spite of not being among the leaders of the opposition to either, apparently not trusting her primary opponent, reactionary pin-up boy Rick "Good Hair" Perry, to appoint a successor with the brains to do everything she will--which is to vote "no" every time Mitch gives The Order.

Meanwhile, the chances of her winning a Republican primary against a PROVEN Fool like Perry are slim and none.

Posted by: LonestarJR | December 10, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The Fixxys, Campaignys, the Cillizzas, the Chris Cillizza Award for Best Modern Campaigns (CCABMC)
The Cillizza Award for Modern Political Adventures by Incorporating Gargantuan New Strategies(the CAMPAIGNS)

Posted by: MatthewE | December 10, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I think the awards should be the Fixies, with the actual award being a fixed-gear track bike (no brakes of course).

My vote has to be for Newsom in California. WTF?

Posted by: wp11234 | December 10, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

My vote is for the Fixies.

Posted by: brianbosak | December 10, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The 'Golden Fixes' is kind of awful.

Posted by: drindl | December 10, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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